My Words

Understanding the World through words

Heavenly Rain

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Heavenly rain
bounces off my
pool- then swims
and fades away.

There Is War

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There is a war
in my beard-

A battle between
black and white.

Oh, Hannibal
you led the
armies of
Carthage-

Against
the mighty
legions
of Rome.

I feel the same
every time
I look
in the mirror.

As white
overcomes
my beard-

I cry-
Hannibal
ad Portas-

quietly.

This Is Life

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This is life-
an enchanting
gift.

Portuguese Man Of War

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Down a lonely
stretch of beach
the smell of seaweed
and ocean mist is,

Medicinal.

The sand in between
my toes-soothing and
comfortable.

Salty-

air
clears
ones mind of
complexities.

Surf-

constant tossing
and turning,
a mechanism
of life.

Heartbeat,

as ocean waves pound
and move-a steady
rhythm of nature.

On

the beach
lies a
Portuguese
Man of War.

Alive

and still.
glimmering
like a candelabra
in the sun.

Heaving-

wanting to make
itself back
into the
sea.

Tsunami

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Looking down
from a bridge
as the tide
sucks itself
out.

Feeling panicked-
this far inland
only means one
ominous thing.

As I scan the horizon
I see the inevitable,
a tidal wave building
itself up.

In the midst of shouts
and fear, my immediate
reaction is to run. Run
as far as I can.

I head for higher ground.

Calculating, a quick
trigonometric formula
of height times distance
so as to know how far up
I should be. I make myself
up a steel ladder, in search
of certain
safety.

I’m led to a safe room, a
modern building impervious
to massive waves.

As, the tsunami thunders down
leaving a path of destruction
seldom found.

The owner of the room is
Japanese, she’s kind and
with charity tries to
calm me down.

I’m inconsolable my
faith is lagging
I’m scared-what will
happen to my family?

I hear a voice, I must
have faith in the midst
of legions. Faith for the
safety of my wife and my
children.

How can one have faith
in the midst of total
devastation?

My faith has been tried,
when I woke up
I question and ask
what does this mean?

A warning of things
to come?